Employee Appreciation Ideas

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Employee Appreciation Ideas

oct-blogCustomer Service Week was recognized during the first week of October. If you missed it, not to worry. We’ve compiled a list of things you can still do to show your employees that you appreciate them. Taking time to show your employees that you are grateful for their service raises employee engagement, retention, and efficiency. Here are some fun ideas to include in your employee appreciation methods:

Craft style gifts can be created in advance. These are ideal for small tokens of appreciation and as group appreciation items.

  1. Food gifts with quirky tags, such as “You’re a lifesaver” (Lifesavers), “You deserve a break” (Kit Kat bar), or “Donut know what we’d do without you” (Dunkin’ Donuts).
  2. Design buttons or decorative knickknacks, with sayings like “My Boss Thinks I’m Kind of a Big Deal.”

Monetary gifts may be appropriate for individual employees who have shown promise, leadership, and the willingness to go above and beyond their job title. It can also be used as a gift after promotion, creating an incentive for all employees to go the extra mile.

  1. Gift cards to favored stores or online retailers, like Starbucks or Amazon.com.
  2. Tickets to a movie theatre, local sporting event, or local attraction for them and their families.
  3. Create an internal reward system where employees can earn tickets, which can be redeemed for major prizes ranging from cash to extended vacation time.
  4. Provide employees gift certificates to a professional cleaning service for their home or vehicle.

Offer employees the chance to unwind and get away from the office, while increasing their professional experience.

  1. Send them on a business retreat that involves time for training and time for relaxation.
  2. Offer paid tuition to industry-related courses.
  3. Free passes to attend national or international conferences related to your industry.
  4. All expense paid trip to a regional lecture presented by well-regarded professionals or industry experts.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t assume that employees understand how much they are appreciated. Let them know regularly!

  1. Tell your employees that you appreciate them — in meetings, in the halls, at the end of the week, whenever!

Remember, you don’t need to wait for Employee Appreciation Day to recognize employees. Consistently showing employees they’re appreciated boosts morale and increases workplace effectiveness year round.

You can read more about Employee Appreciation on CultureIQ.


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